The End of the Rope

I picked up my Bible and hurled it out the tiny window of our basement apartment. The thin pages wrinkled. The leather cover folded.  But there it hung, caught between the iron bars of our city window. “I can’t succeed at anything, I thought, not even throwing my Bible away.”

I was at the end of my rope. Finished. Disillusioned. We were church planters in a foreign country, in a global city, in a language [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Shari Thomas|21 Comments|

Five Years of Being Cancer Free

I’m waiting in the radiology room at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center downing my pre-scan cocktail all the while imaging a much more tasteful drink I plan on having with John later tonight. After this round of appointments we celebrate five years of being cancer free!

My journey with cancer has not been typical, if there is such a thing as typical. After being given my diagnosis I was asked back for another appointment, which was [...]

Surviving When your Church Plant Doesn’t

Blog church planting failures and you’ll find a list of lessons learned, what went wrong, and what to avoid. Stories of failures are abundant, heartbreaking, and sometimes unimaginable.  It’s one of the occupational hazards of our work.

Shutting down a fledgling church is uniquely painful. It signals the end of praying, fundraising, planning and sacrificial labor to reach a particular community for Christ.  The pastoral couple has invested late nights and early mornings, made endless [...]